Crime in Romania
Crime in Romania is combated by the Romanian Police and other agencies.
Crime in Bucharest is quite low in comparison to other European capital cities, with the number of total offences declining by 51% between 2000 and 2004. Violent and organised crime is quite low, with petty crime and institutional corruption being more widespread.
Crime by type
Crime against tourists
The United States Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security stated in 2010 that: "Travelers should be aware of scams involving individuals posing as plainclothes police officers; approaches of "quick friendship" at train/subway stations; and pick-pocketing in crowded areas." "Historically, panhandlers – often groups of children - can be very aggressive and have resorted to grabbing/tearing clothing in their efforts to distract and steal from their target."